Tradition. Precision. Grace.
The Hong Peng Wa Ballet School was established in 1982. It is not just the oldest ballet school in Macao but also the school in Macao that received the recognition from the Examination Board of the Royal Academy of Dance and undertake all levels of diploma examinations for young people since 1988. The founders of the School, Hong Peng Wa and Cheong Son Seng, both graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in early 60s. Upon their graduation, they joined the National Ballet of China, where they were promoted to principal dancers. They moved to Macao in the 80s and found that the young generation did not have the opportunity to learn ballet. Therefore, they established the first private ballet school in Macao.
Over the last 40 years, the school has moved a few times. From a small place about 250 sq.ft. to the present school of 3400 sq.ft. It started with just one class and grows gradually to fifteen. It has more than 300 students now. The school has taught more than 4000 students during these years. The present school is located in Rua Cidade de Santarem, No.406, NAPE. It includes two classrooms, changing rooms, rest areas for parents and an administrative office. The completeness of its facilities can rarely be found in other private schools.
Besides a quality-learning environment, the decision to use a mix curriculum of the Royal Academy of Dance and the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet is also deemed important. The school aims to inspire the children’s intelligence and foster their love to ballet. Ballet training helps children to create strong bodies and good posture, and develop their coordination, self-expression and musicality. Every November, the school will organize an annual performance, “Future Stars of Ballet”. It can provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and acquire performance experience. The annual performance can also enrich the cultural life of Macau.
Founder & Director
Ms. Hong Peng Wa
Principal of Hong Peng Wa Ballet School and the registered teacher of Royal Academy of Dance.
Ms. Hong was born in Shanghai, China and began her ballet training at the age of four. From 1956 to 1963, she was trained at Beijing Dance Academy with former Soviet Union Mistress, Ms. Rumiechiva. Upon her graduation, Ms. Hong joined the National Ballet of China, where she was promoted to a soloist.
Her repertoire includes Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardee, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, La Esmeralda, The White-haired Girl, Pas de Deux of Don Quixote, The Red Detachment of Wonmen and The Dying Swan etc. Since 1962, she had toured with company in Germany, Myanmar, Austria, Romania, Albania and Yugislavia etc.
In 1982, she founded the Hong Peng Wa Ballet School in Macau
校長 & 藝術指導
Founder & Artistic Director
Mr. Cheong Son Seng
Cheong Son Seng, the founder and artistic director of The Hong Peng Wa Ballet School, graduated from the Beijing Dance Institute in 1963. In the same year, Cheong joined the National Ballet of China as one of the main ballerinos.
His repertoire includes: Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardée, Notre Dame De Paris, Mermaid, The White Haired Girl, Red Detachment of Women, Giselle, Le Corsaire among others. He has visited the United States, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Albania, Myanmar and Hong Kong.
In 1982 he jointly started The Hong Peng Wa Ballet School with Madam Hong Peng Wa.
Madam Zhao Ru Heng
Artistic Director (Dance) of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China
Former Director and Artistic Director of the National Ballet of China